Transportation Infrastructure

Roads and Airstrip

The principal modes of transport service delivery are roads of various forms and footpaths. The Municipality has approximately 4 trunk roads (100km in length), 3 secondary roads and 5 feeder roads both totaling about 327.6km in length. The Municipality’s roads are classified as first, second or third class roads. First class roads links Navrongo to Paga and Bolgatanga, second-class roads link Navrongo to Chuchuliga as well as institutions in and around its fringes and third class roads link Navrongo to other growth points and service centers. Most of the Municipality’s roads are in poor condition and rendered impassable during the rainy season, which hinders development and access market centers, schools and health facilities.

An efficient and reliable transport system is vital to attract investment necessary for the growth of the local economy. In order to improve accessibility and connectivity across the Municipality, there is need to upgrade urban roads, reshape and open up more feeder roads in the Municipality.

The Municipality has one airstrip in the Municipality located on the way to Paga but is not operational. There is therefore the need to rehabilitate it to make it operational as to allow landing of aircrafts from the Municipality to other parts of the country.

Transportation Service Providers

The major transportation service providers are Metro Mass Transit Limited, GPRTU, STC Limited, OA Transport Limited, and Wedam Tours Limited, individual or privately owned and operated trucks, mini-buses and taxi cabs who transport people within and outside the Municipality. Transport services are needed to facilitate effective communication and information dissemination, as well as to ensure equity in the distribution and allocation of productive resources, one of the conditions for the realization of poverty reduction and livelihood improvements in the Municipality.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Tourism

The Municipality has a number of tourism attractions and sites which include the Fao festival, Shrines, Tono Irrigation Project, historical sites and diverse cultures from different communities. The historical sites are the Unique Catholic Cathedral edifice “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Basilica” the beautiful traditional building built in 1920s; Pungu Caves telling the history of the engagement between Butu and Gullu Bu, the relationship that was developed and the founding of Navrongo; Bagao Gungu which is the present location of the Municipal Assembly and a spot the general of Babatu the slave raider, Bagao was killed. The significance of the spot is both historical and political; Gyara Teo in Gia which is the spot where the Builsas lost ground in a battle with Kassenas and Kulnaba which has both religious and historical dimensions.

These sites are currently undeveloped and needs attention so as to attract tourists as well as income for the Municipality. The Municipality receives about 1,000 tourist per annum with majority being Ghanaians.

Hospitality Industry

The registered hotels in the Municipality are Mayaga Hotel, Upper Solar Guest House, CEDEC Guest House, M & J Hospitality, Pierre Lodge, Genesis Guest House, ICOUR Guest House, Wegedam Guest House, Vision Guest House, Azakka Hotel, Fehna Guest House &Restaurant, Catholic Social Centre, Pongobu Guest House and Patience to All Guest House. Also, the registered drinking spots and bars are Ama Container, Home Tease, P.P Spot, Prison’s Canteen, God’s Time is the best, JH gardens, Luxury, Teti spot, Love and happiness, Fadams Canteen and Ruginar Spot. Due to the underdeveloped nature of the tourism industry, the hospitality industry depends mainly on the inhabitants, especially paid workers in the Municipality. The hospitality industry complements the tourism industrial activities, offering recreation and avenues of socialization in the Municipality.

Postal and Telecommunication Services

Postal and Telecommunication Services

ICT is increasingly being recognized as an enabler of socio-economic development. One of the most widely used ICT is the mobile telephone. It is virtually used by all people and it is almost a basic voice communication system. The Municipality is served by the 4 mobile telephone service providers (Vodafone, Airtel, MTN and Tigo) with the coverage being dependent on the location of the subscriber. In towns, the network signals are strong meanwhile in rural areas the network signal is relatively weak.

The Municipality is served by one (1) post office which is in charge of mail and parcel delivery. The Municipality has only 10 internet cafes providing internet services. 80% of households are connected to mobile phone services and 20% to land line services.

The Municipality recognizes the potential of the postal and telecommunications sector in delivery of services such as education, healthcare, governance, financial management and agriculture and research development.